Panera Bread (called St. Louis Bread Company in the St. Louis metropolitan area) is a chain of bakery–cafĂ© quick casual restaurants in the United States and Canada that sells breads, sandwiches, soups, salads, and other bakery items. This site will provide copycat recipes and recipes using products sold at the Panera Bread restaurants. Panera Bread Co. has 1,736 bakery cafes in 45 states and Canada under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. and Paradise Bakery & Cafe brands.

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Pesto Crisps



PESTO CRISPS
Panera Bread Recipe

Serves 10


1 1/2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese (about 6 ounces)
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 6 to 8 pieces
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup pine nuts or walnuts
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic


Combine cheese, butter, flour, cayenne, and white pepper in a food processor and pulse until thoroughly mixed. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and set aside. Combine the basil, pine nuts, Parmesan, and garlic in a food processor and whirl until thoroughly mixed. Add the basil mixture to the flour-and-cheese mixture. Stir until thoroughly combined. Place two sheets of plastic wrap on a flat work surface and divide dough between them. Shape dough into two logs, each about 1 3/4 inches in diameter and 8 inches long. Secure the logs in plastic wrap, twist ends closed, and refrigerate until firm. (Logs can be refrigerated up to 1 week.)

To bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Unwrap the logs and slice them into 1/4-inch thick pieces; arrange them on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes. Carefully transfer to a rack to cool completely.

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